Spark Aligners in Hinsdale
If you are struggling with crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth, you’re not alone. Many people get orthodontic work done to improve their smile and make it easier to eat and chew.
While metal braces were the only way to straighten teeth in the past, there are now many more options. Many people like the look of aligners. Invisalign was created by two Stanford University students in 1997 and its invention shook up the dentistry field. This has sparked the creation of other aligners, but one truly competes.
That brand is Spark. Spark aligners are designed to give orthodontists more control and flexibility. Orthodontists benefit from more predictable and efficient treatment planning, allowing patients to easily achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.
Like metal braces, Spark can treat various tooth alignment cases, such as crowding, spacing, open bite, underbite, overbite, and crossbite. Spark is made for patients of all ages who have a set of permanent teeth, including teenagers and adults.
Spark is ideal for self-conscious teens. These clear aligners are hardly noticeable. With no unsightly brackets or wires involved, your child can improve their smile in style.
Spark aligners are easy to care for. You can use a toothbrush to clean the insides of your aligners with antibacterial soap or non-abrasive toothpaste. You can also just use hot water. Keep your aligners clean and clear by removing them when eating or drinking colored drinks, such as sodas and coffee. Make sure they are kept in your mouth most of the time — at least 22 hours a day for best results.
How Do Aligners Work?
Treatment starts with an initial consultation with a Spark provider. Your orthodontist will examine your smile and show you how Spark aligners can improve your smile.
The Spark Clear Aligner system creates a personalized treatment plan based on a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth as well as inputs from the orthodontist. The proprietary 3D software shows patients what their anticipated Spark smile will look like before therapy even begins.
The aligners are created based on this information. These clear plastic aligners are designed to incrementally move teeth with gentle force. Each patient has their own treatment plan.
Patients usually receive a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks. New aligner sets ensure a proper fit for optimal tooth movement as teeth move into their new desired locations. With each aligner set, the patient will see progress toward a new smile.
For more complex cases, the orthodontist may add attachments to certain teeth. These attachments help move teeth in sync with the aligners.
Treatment time takes roughly one year, although some cases may take longer. This will depend on the effort the patient is putting into the treatment.
What does Spark Cost?
Spark aligners may not be cheap, but patients say they are well worth the cost. Spark aligners start at $3,000 and can cost as much as $8,000, depending on factors such as:
- The severity of the condition
- The location
- The orthodontist
- Your insurance
Therefore, a mild case will require less treatment time and therefore be cheaper than a more severe case that can take several years. Your treatment includes:
- 3D scan at your initial consultation
- Custom-designed aligners trimmed to fit your mouth
- Ongoing virtual or in-person monitoring and consultations with your orthodontist throughout the process
Why is Spark Better Than Invisalign?
Invisalign has been around for a while and is known as the original creator of clear aligners. While Spark is much newer, it’s giving Invisalign a run for its money. That’s because while both are clear aligners, they’re made of different materials. Invisalign is made of SmartTrack, while Spark is made of TruGen™, which is proven to be even better. Here are some ways in which Spark is superior to Invisalign:
- Spark is more clear.
- If you’re familiar with Invisalign aligners, you know that they’re very clear. But when compared to Spark aligners, Spark is the clear winner. In fact, Spark aligners are virtually invisible, thanks to TruGen™ material.
- Spark is more stainresistant.
- The innovative TruGen™material is known to be more durable and more resistant to stains.
- Spark is more comfortable.
- Another benefit of the TruGen™ material is that it is more comfortable than other aligners. Spark goes the extra mile when creating their aligners. Not only do they use 3D computer-imaging technology to create their aligners, but they also hand trim and polish the edges. This helps prevent irritation on the lips and gums, providing the highest level of comfort to patients.
- Spark is more efficient.
- The TruGen™ material also provides greater sustained force retention. The aligners have better contact with your teeth, allowing them to move more efficiently and effectively.
- Spark is recommended by most orthodontists.
- While any dentist can become certified to use Invisalign, only orthodontists can use Spark. Orthodontists are the only ones trusted to use this special treatment, and most will agree that Sparks achieves better outcomes when compared to Invisalign.
Not All Aligners Are Created Equal
While clear aligners might look better than metal braces, not all aligners are created the same. Don’t be fooled. While Invisalign and Spark may look the same, Spark uses a different material — TruGen™ — which offers the benefits listed above.
Spark is not only effective but safe. Spark aligners are free of latex, mercury, BPA, and phthalates, so you don’t need to be concerned about allergies or other possible medical issues.
Contact Hinsdale Ortho Today
Interested in the many benefits of Spark aligners? Schedule a free consultation with Hinsdale Ortho today to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign or Spark.
For more than 65 years, Hinsdale Ortho has offered high-tech and high-quality orthodontic treatment in a friendly, welcoming environment. We proudly serve orthodontic patients of all ages from Hinsdale and the surrounding areas. Come see why we’re the best orthodontics around. Call (630) 325-0100 or go online to schedule a free consultation today.